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how much to bid on a 140 yard mulch job

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by LawnMan883, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. LawnMan883

    LawnMan883 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    i have never bid a mulch job this large but can get a semi truck load dumped at the site for about 2300 delivered. how much should i figure for labor on this much...i will have 2 helpers and a 16 foot open trailer and a couple wheel barrows to haul the mulch to the places on site.
  2. zero_turn_mowers

    zero_turn_mowers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Our basic charge per yard of mulch (black or brown) and labor is $75.00, however if its around flowers and alot of hand spreading we adjust accordingly............
  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    Is that price for the 140 or for the semi. The semis I get are 40-50 yards each. That is a heck of a lot of mulch to spread by hand. With 3 guys you can expect to spend at least a week moving it. Add more time if you have to move it twice. If you can use a machine than you can knock it down to 2 days probably. The cost of the labor will be far more than the cost of the machine.
  4. Mike Fronczak

    Mike Fronczak LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    That price for the mulch (if per semi load @ 2300) is high, I get it for about a thousand less per load. Thats a lot of mulch to spread, good luck.
  5. zero_turn_mowers

    zero_turn_mowers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    The Semi's that bring my mulch can bring 65 yards of Brown and 60 yards of Black, Each load cost about $800, On a job that big you need a front end loaded to help move it, we use a Kubota B7500 on all our much jobs (5 yards or more).
  6. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    All I have to say is that I agree with the guys on this one.... you better have some form of loader to move this amount of mulch. Two guys and some wheel barrows aren't gonna touch it. Plus how are you gonna load it onto your trailer you mentioned? I've moved 80yds in a day with two trucks, a loader, and 6 guys slinging it like like they loved it! It can be done in 2-3 days, all depending on how far you have to go with it. But without any machinery, you can bet on 7-10 days. You probably should look at sub-ing it out to a blower and still make a few bucks per yard on the job. Just an idea.
  7. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Don't bother wasting your time. If you plan on wheel barrowing 140yds of mulch, someone will blow your numbers to kingdom come. Guys that are equipped will do that job in 1-2 days soup to nuts. Your gonna be there for a week with 3 guys.

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    I agree with everyone else. We charge anywhere from $100 to $125 a yard. See if you can work a loader and a mulch blower into the deal. We rent mulch blowers down here for $375.00 a day. Big difference when through the large amounts at our commercials.
  9. 3day240sx

    3day240sx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 35

    Where are you installing 140 yards where you would have to wheelbarrow it to be spread?
  10. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    If someone rents a mulch blower for that little they are nuts! We had one years ago and would get 1300 a day for the tow behind unit with one operater.

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